Mark Townsend

  • Report: Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox president and CEO

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 11 mins ago

    The Boston Red Sox are about to experience a major shakeup. 

    According to Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, team preisdent and CEO Larry Lucchino will officially relinquish his posts later this year when his contract expires.   

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald adds that the Red Sox have been exploring a succession plan for Lucchino for some time. With his contract running out, it was decided that now's the time to put that plan into action and take away Lucchino's everyday responsibilities.

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    E xecutive vice president and COO Sam Kennedy will take over for Lucchino, which was another key factor according to the Herald report. The Red Sox wanted to promote Kennedy now, rather than risk losing him down the road. 

    Here's what Kennedy had to say about his promotion. 

  • Matt Williams expresses frustration after Bryce Harper's third ejection

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper plays baseball with a passion that constantly drives him to be the best player on the field. But there's also a growing concern that Harper's passion too often manifests itself into rage, which has proven detrimental to the Washington Nationals cause. 

    The latest example came during the 11th inning of Washington's 2-1 loss to the New York Mets on Friday night.  With the score then tied at 1, Harper was called out on strikes against New York reliever  Hansel Robles . After the out was registered, Harper immediately confronted home-plate umpire Jerry Meals, giving him an earful and briefly getting in his face.

    And just that quickly, Ha rper was ejected for the third time this season for  arguing balls and strikes .

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    Granted, Harper seemed to have a legitimate beef about Meals' called third strike. It's also believed he wasn't thrilled with an earlier pitch in the at-bat.

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  • C.J. Wilson likely done for season with elbow impingement, surgery required

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Angels may be without left-hander C.J. Wilson for the rest of the 2015 season.

    On Saturday, the ball club announced that Wilson is dealing with a left elbow impingement, which is "secondary to arthritis." The 34-year-old veteran later added that he’ll require surgery to clean out a bone spur, which would put the remainder of his season in serious doubt. 

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    C.J. Wilson: left elbow impingement - "secondary to arthritis," according to #Angels. No timetable for return from DL.

    CJ Wilson: MRI earlier this season showed bone spurs. He says he'll need surgery.

    After having perhaps his worst season in the big leagues in 2014, Wilson had bounced back nicely this season. Over 21 starts, he's posted a 3.89 ERA and 110/46 K/BB and has seemingly done a much better job keeping the Angels in games into the later innings.

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  • Kendrys Morales avoids tag, scores run with incredible slide

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    Kansas City Royals designated hitter K endrys Morales  is rarely among the most athletic players on the field, hence the reason he's paid almost exclusively to hit. 

    However, during Friday night's game in Toronto, he managed to shock everyone watching by pulling off one of the most ridiculous slides we've seen all season.  

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    It happened in the first inning with Kansas City already on the board and threatening for more. With runners on second and third and two outs, newly-acquired Ben Zobrist delivered a clean single to right field off Toronto starter Drew Hutchinson. Lead runner Eric Hosmer scored easily from third, but a play was clearly developing with Morales coming around third and Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista charging. 

    Let us admire from above.

    Kendrys Morales. Stop it.

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  • White Sox legend Billy Pierce dies at 88

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

    Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who spent the prime of his career with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday morning at the age of 88 after a battle with gallbladder cancer. 

    Pierce spent 18 season in the majors, debuting with the Detroit Tigers on June 1, 1945. He appeared in five games for Detroit that season and 22 games in 1948 before being dealt to the White Sox during the offseason. That's when Pierce's career would begin to flourish.

    In 13 seasons with Chicago, Pierce made at least 32 starts and posted an ERA under 4.00 every year. During that stretch, Pierce was named starting pitcher for the American League All-Star team three times, including 1955 when he posted a career-best 1.97 ERA and league best 200 ERA+. He also appeared in one World Series for Chicago while accumulating 186 of his 211 career victories.

    Pierce's uniform No. 19 was retired by the White Sox in 1987. The team has also honored him with a statue on the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Billy Pierce was simply one of the best to ever don a White Sox uniform, and perhaps one of the most underrated on a national scale. He will definitely be missed. 

  • Mark Teixeira homers from both sides, makes history in Yankees win

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.

    It seems Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are taking turns being the New York Yankees offensive leader. That's pretty impressive considering Yankees fans didn't know what to expect from either, with A-Rod coming off his suspension and hip surgery and Mark Teixeira battling back from wrist problems.

    On Friday, it was definitely Teixeira's turn to do the damage. New York's first baseman muscled up to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in their 13-6 victory against the Chicago White Sox.

    Batting right-handed against White Sox starter Carlos Rodon, Teixeira launched a second-inning grand slam that broke the game wide open early. Two innings later, Teixeira stepped up left-handed against Matt Albers and connected for a two-run blast.

    In doing so, Teixeira has now homered from both sides 14 times, which sets a new MLB record.

    Teixeira has now homered from both sides of the plate 14 times, a MLB record. He was tied with Nick Swisher.


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  • Wilmer Flores caps emotional week with walk-off homer against Nationals

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    You couldn't write a more dramatic script if you spent years trying.

    Two days after Wilmer Flores fought back tears on the field, thinking he was about to be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in a blockbuster Carlos Gomez trade, the New York Mets shortstop brought Citi Field to its feet with a 12th-inning walk-off home run against the Washington Nationals. 

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    Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. 

    It was simply among the most heart-wrenching things we've seen play out on the field. Knowing how he was feeling, and knowing his future was likely to change at any moment. We almost wondered why he was being put through that stress so openly, but as we later learned, the trade itself was never meant to be completed.  

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  • Padres inquired about Paul Goldschmidt in trade talks for Craig Kimbrel

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 23 hrs ago

    Coming off one of the most aggressive offseason's in recent memory, San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller surprisingly allowed Friday's non-waiver trade deadline to pass without making a major deal. 

    As has been reported, Preller remained active in talks for many of his big trade pieces, which included All-Star outfielder Justin Upton, starting pitcher Tyson Ross and closer Craig Kimbrel, but couldn't lock down a return that appealed to him.  

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    The market for Kimbrel in particular seemed to heat up in the final hours, with teams like the Yankees and Diamondbacks all known to have interest. However, if the words of Arizona general manager Dave Stewart are to be believed, then it's quite easy to understand why Preller came up empty. 

    Dave Stewart says Paul Goldschmidt's name came up in talks with Padres but he's not sure if it was "realistic or if it was play."

    In sincerity or in jest, that's a conversation that's going to lead nowhere quickly.

  • Jerry Seinfeld tweets Mets deadline deal 'a Cespedes for the rest of us'

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    There was much rejoicing in Metsville on Friday as general manager Sandy Alderson finally landed the big bat he's been seeking.

    After a proposed deal for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez fell apart on Wednesday, Alderson took things down to the wire as Friday's non-waiver trade deadline neared. Literally moments before the clock struck 4:00 p.m. on the east coast, word trickled in that New York had landed slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers, which is exactly the boost New York's long-struggling offense needed.

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    Understanding the impact Cespedes can immediately have on the offense, it's no wonder why fans are so thrilled. Especially for those diehad fans, such as comedy and television legend Jerry Seinfeld, who have stood by the team through years and years of frustration. 

    In fact, when learning of the deal on Friday, Seinfeid joined fans in celebration in the most Seinfeld way possible, with a Festivus joke.  

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  • Justin Upton's home run caps wild Padres comeback at rain-soaked Citi Field

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    All-Star outfielder Justin Upton can be had if the price is right. The San Diego Padres have made that very clear with the trade deadline looming on Friday afternoon. He could even be had by the New York Mets if they were so inclined to take the plunge and take on the remainder of his $14.5 million salary. 

    That doesn't seem likely as of Thursday evening, and even if it did, it would be far too late to overturn the second significant gut punch Mets fans have received since Wednesday night. 

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    With the rains pouring down on Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, the Mets were one out from victory when the umpires were forced to the call for a delay. When play resumed 45 minutes later, the Mets were still that one out away from victory, and closer Jeurys Familia was still the man on the hill. Then the chaos began. After a pair of singles from Derek Norris and Matt Kemp, Justin Upton launched a three-run home run that stunned the crowd and gave San Diego an 8-7 lead. 

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